ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As of the beginning of the 2012 football season, it seemed as though the Wolverines had pretty much secured the best offensive line classes they could’ve hoped for in the 2012 and 2013 classes. But when No. 1 offensive guard David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) and Michigan parted ways, a few questions emerged. But even without Dawson, the O-line commits in Brady Hoke’s first two full classes still seem very strong.
Since that point the Michigan coaching staff has extended offers, re-extended offers and reached out to players who hadn’t been on the radar for months. To break down the search, here’s a timeline of O-line recruiting for this class.
Feb. 19: OT Logan Tuley-Tillman commits.
Feb. 25: OG Patrick Kugler commits
At this point, the Wolverines pretty much closed the book on offensive line recruiting. Between the 2012 and 2013 classes, Michigan had six four-stars and looked to be cleaning up the numbers problem that plagued them in the trenches. But this is where it gets interesting because early commitments are, at the end of the day, too early sometimes for kids.
Oct. 14: Dawson and Michigan part ways after Dawson schedules a Florida visit. This was important because it’s the first time this season (last season, Pharaoh Brown) that we had seen Hoke enforce his no-visit policy. It’s a pretty rare creed in college recruiting, but Hoke showed he was serious about it. After Dawson’s commitment the Wolverines’ went quiet on the offensive line recruiting front, most likely evaluating new game film and names as they hadn’t had to in quite some time.
Nov. 27: UCLA OT commit Kenny Lacy and Cal OT commit Cameron Hunt are offered by Michigan. This showed that the Wolverines were still intent on taking a fifth offensive lineman. With how quiet they had been, there seemed to be a possibility to settle with four O-linemen and use that scholarship elsewhere, but the Lacy and Hunt offers proved that Michigan wants five offensive linemen in this 2013 class.
Nov. 29: Dawson is re-offered following a talk with Hoke. Again, significant because this is the first time Hoke has gone back to extend an offer that had been pulled.
Dec. 3: Michigan State OT commit Dennis Finley is offered. This offer, more than others, is puzzling. Finley has been at Cass Tech this entire time and the late offer to a solid MSU verbal is a bit strange.
Dec. 5: Michigan offers Nebraska OG commit Dan Samuelson
Dec. 14: Dawson, Hunt and Lacy are expected to take official visits.
Where it goes from here, no one really knows. The Wolverines are still evaluating a few offensive linemen, including Na’Ty Rodgers, so there’s a possibility more offers could go out. But, this might come down to which player is ready to pull the trigger first. and with so many players visiting this weekend that could get interesting.